Dena R Kniess
Office: 2112 - Buzzard Hall
Dr. Dena Kniess graduated with her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership - Higher Education from Clemson University. Dr. Kniess has worked in residence life at Ball State University and the University of Delaware. While working on her doctorate at Clemson, she was an Associate Director in the New Student and Family Programs office. Her research interests are student access and success in higher education, assessment, and multicultural issues.
Frequently Taught Courses
Legal and Ethical Issues in Student Affairs
Multicultural Competence in Higher Education
Thesis and Research
Kniess, D.R., Havice, P.A., Cawthon, T.W., & Stewart-Tillman, K.D. (2014). Transitioning in and moving through the second year for African American students at a predominantly White institution (PWI): A case study. Journal of College Orientation and Transition, 21 (2), 5 – 16.
Brandt, K., Kniess, D.R., & Stone, J.E. (Winter 2014). Occupational stress and burnout in paraprofessionals. GLACUHO Trends, 27 – 29.
Farber, S.E., Engblom, R.B., Royer, R.A., Vander Sanden, A.L., & Kniess, D.R. (2003). Outcomes to objectives: Learning about quality assessment. ACUHO-I Talking Stick, 20 (6) 14, 16.
Selected Conference Presentations
Kniess, D. & Cawthon, T. (2014, March). Cultivating community: Underrepresented students’ perceptions of their second-year in college. 2014 American College Personnel Association Conference, Indianapolis, IN.
Kniess, D. & Havice, P.A. (2013, March). The second-year experience for underrepresented college students. 2013 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Conference, Orlando, FL.
Brocks, V., Kniess, D., & Parker, S. (2012, November). Research-in-progress panel discussion. Southern Association for College Student Affairs Conference, Memphis, TN.
Appel-Silbaugh, C. & Kniess, D. (2012, November). Women in student affairs: Perspectives from the field (NASPA Region III Program).Southern Association for College Student Affairs Conference, Memphis, TN.
Kniess, D. & Havice, P.A. (2012, November). Minority college students and the second-year experience: Results from a pilot study. Southern Association for College Student Affairs Conference, Memphis, TN.
Cawthon, T., Kniess, D., Jamison, L., & Guthrie, V. (2012, November). The most recent innovative resources for building campus collaborations. Southern Association for College Student Affairs Conference, Memphis, TN.
Kniess, D. & Ferguson, M. (2012, March). Connecting your strategic plan to your assessment plan. 2012 National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Conference, Phoenix, AZ.
Kniess, D. & Brown, J. (2011, March). Clemson Connect: A collaboration promoting new student success. 2011 American College Personnel Association Conference, Baltimore, MD.
Funding & Grants
Kniess, D., Timm, D., Brandt, K., Coit, J., Gunn, S., Maday, R., Stehlik, L., Wehr, N. (2013). CEPS Research Grant. Fraternity and Sorority Advisors: A Study of Preparation, Training, and Support. Project funded for $493.28. Co-principal Investigator.
Kniess, D.R. & Havice, P.A. (2012-2013). NASPA Region III Research Grant. Minority Students’ Perceptions of their Second-Year in College. Project funded for $500.00. Principal Investigator.